US senators are reviewing President Barack Obama's $900bn (£616bn) economic stimulus package to try to cut costs.
Moderate Democrat and Republican senators have argued that the plan should be trimmed by up to $90bn before it is voted through.
Mr Obama has warned the economic crisis could become a "catastrophe".
The president said that if Congress failed to pass his stimulus package, the resulting recession could destroy five million US jobs.
Speaking at a meeting of Democrats from the House of Representatives, Mr Obama said: "They didn't vote for the status quo; they sent us here to bring change. We owe it to them to deliver."
'Trim the fat'
Bipartisan talks resumed on Friday.
The New York Times reported that the cuts included $40bn in aid for states, more than $14bn for various education programmes, $4.1bn to make federal buildings energy efficient and $1.5bn for broadband internet service in rural areas.
Democratic senator Mary Landrieu, one of those involved, said the group had "trimmed out some of the fat".
SENATE BILL: KEY POINTS
Tax cuts for working families: $247bn
Job-creating investments in infrastructure and science: $165bn
Job-creating investments in health: $153bn
Job-creating investments in education and training: $138bn
Job-creating investments for an energy independent America: $82bn
Job-creating investments tax cuts for small businesses: $21bn
Helping Americans hit hard by the economic crisis: $72bn
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.